Thursday, November 6, 2008
At least eight people were killed and 30 wounded in a suicide blast that ripped through a minibus in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz, officials said on Thursday.
The blast tore apart a bus packed with students in a busy main square in the centre of Vladikavkaz, a city in the North Ossetia region of the restive Russian Caucasus, witnesses said.
“According to preliminary information, the explosive device at the bus stop in the centre of Vladikavkaz was activated by a female suicide bomber,” a statement by the regional administration said.
“Preliminary information suggests the explosion occurred most probably not inside the minibus but at the bus stop,” a spokeswoman for the local branch of the interior ministry, Alla Akhpolova, told RIA Novosti news agency.
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An AFP reporter saw fragments of human flesh scattered across the ground at the site, where large crowds gathered at a police cordon to glimpse the damage.
Amid conflicting reports, the head of the South Ossetia regional administration, president Teimuraz Mamsurov, said eight people had died.
The investigative committee of the Russian prosecution service pulled back from a claim 11 people had died and said the correct figure was eight, but an interior ministry official told RIA Novosti nine had died.
About 30 people were hospitalised with injuries: one of them was in a critical condition while five others were seriously wounded, a hospital official told AFP.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 11:04 am